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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mess  \Mess\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Messed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Messing}.] 
  To  take  meals  with  a  mess;  to  belong  to  a  mess;  to  eat  (with 
  others);  as  I  mess  with  the  wardroom  officers.  --Marryat. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mess  \Mess\,  v.  t. 
  To  supply  with  a  mess. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mess  \Mess\,  n. 
  Mass;  church  service.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mess  \Mess\,  n.  [OE.  mes,  OF  mets,  LL  missum,  p.  p.  of  mittere 
  to  put  place  (e.  g.,  on  the  table),  L.  mittere  to  send  See 
  {Mission},  and  cf  {Mass}  religious  service.] 
  1.  A  quantity  of  food  set  on  a  table  at  one  time;  provision 
  of  food  for  a  person  or  party  for  one  meal;  as  a  mess  of 
  pottage;  also  the  food  given  to  a  beast  at  one  time. 
 
  At  their  savory  dinner  set  Of  herbs  and  other 
  country  messes.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  number  of  persons  who  eat  together,  and  for  whom  food  is 
  prepared  in  common;  especially,  persons  in  the  military  or 
  naval  service  who  eat  at  the  same  table;  as  the  wardroom 
  mess.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  set  of  four  --  from  the  old  practice  of  dividing 
  companies  into  sets  of  four  at  dinner.  [Obs.]  --Latimer. 
 
  4.  The  milk  given  by  a  cow  at  one  milking.  [U.S.] 
 
  5.  [Perh.  corrupt.  fr  OE  mesh  for  mash:  cf  muss.]  A 
  disagreeable  mixture  or  confusion  of  things  hence  a 
  situation  resulting  from  blundering  or  from 
  misunderstanding;  as  he  made  a  mess  of  it  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Mess  \Mess\,  v.  t. 
  To  make  a  mess  of  to  disorder  or  muddle;  to  muss;  to  jumble; 
  to  disturb. 
 
  It  was  n't  right  either  to  be  messing  another  man's 
  sleep.  --Scribner's 
  Mag. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  mess 
  n  1:  a  state  of  confusion  and  disorderliness;  "the  house  was  a 
  mess";  "she  smoothed  the  mussiness  of  the  bed"  [syn:  {messiness}, 
  {muss},  {mussiness}] 
  2:  informal  terms  for  a  difficult  situation;  "he  got  into  a 
  terrible  fix";  "he  made  a  muddle  of  his  marriage"  [syn:  {fix}, 
  {hole},  {jam},  {muddle},  {pickle},  {kettle  of  fish}] 
  3:  soft  semiliquid  food;  "a  mess  of  porridge" 
  4:  a  meal  eaten  by  service  personnel 
  5:  a  large  military  dining  room  where  service  personnel  eat 
  or  relax  [syn:  {mess  hall}] 
  6:  (often  followed  by  `of')  a  large  number  or  amount  or  extent: 
  "a  batch  of  letters";  "a  deal  of  trouble";  "a  lot  of 
  money";  "it  must  have  cost  plenty"  [syn:  {batch},  {deal}, 
  {flock},  {good  deal},  {great  deal},  {hatful},  {heap},  {lot}, 
  {mass},  {mickle},  {mint},  {muckle},  {peck},  {pile},  {plenty}, 
  {pot},  {quite  a  little},  {raft},  {sight},  {slew},  {spate}, 
  {stack},  {tidy  sum},  {wad},  {whole  lot},  {whole  slew}] 
  v  1:  eat  in  a  mess;  in  the  military 
  2:  make  a  mess  of  or  create  disorder  in  "He  messed  up  his 
  room"  [syn:  {mess  up}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Mess 
  a  portion  of  food  given  to  a  guest  (Gen.  43:34;  2  Sam.  11:8). 
 




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